The Verdigris Apts

24"x16" oil on deep canvas This is the first in a series of three apartments I painted. It took quite a long time to research this project; we went out a lot shooting photographs. I say "we" because I learned early on that I cannot simultaneously drive and look for things to paint. I was/am an unholy terror, risking the lives of all peace loving citizens where ever I found myself driving down the street/sidewalk taking pictures. Seeing my car approach was kind of like seeing a psychotic, completely confused hurricane coming down the street at you. A hurricane that, by the way, might slam itself into reverse. No. The only adult present—that would be The Spousal Unit—banned me from the practice. With her mature guidance and up-to-date drivers license, we photographed approximately 30 of these buildings in just one morning—her driving with me jumping out taking pictures. (In the morning we shoot east facing buildings. West facing get shot in the afternoon. It's all about the light.) I still had a hard time with the concept that the car had to stop before I jumped out (it's called "tuck 'n' roll"), but I must admit that we make a great, and now safe, team. It has been hard accepting that I need adult supervision (pretty much all the time), but this artist and a lot of innocent parkway trees would dead without the guiding hand of that goddess. So... She drives. If you would like to see this piece in person, it and its two cohorts are hanging, until Saturday, at the George Billis Gallery in Culver City (see info below). Check them out. out.
  
Posted August 20, 2014





The Cityscape Show IV
(www.georgebillis.com/exhibitions1.html)
Show Dates: July 12th to August 23rd

Summer Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard / Los Angeles, CA 90034
310.838.3685 / la@georgebillis.com



My Corona Clippers

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6"x4" oil on raymar panel I had just cleaned and oiled these babies and was on my way to sharpening them, when they made a fortuitous detour into my studio. Even garden shears need a rest sometime. When I first thought about painting larger pieces, one subject to cross my oh-so-small mind were these clippers. That was about maybe three or four pairs ago and I still haven't tackled that painting. Oh yeah, I ab"use" my clippers. And yes, sometimes they mysteriously disappear like the lemons off our tree in the front yard (You know who you are!). (Notice how I changed the subject from my not painting a piece to people stealing our lemons? Just shifty.) Anyway... Gray, well-worn metal is just irresistible to me. Look deeply and you will see all sorts of things going on in that wonderfully seasoned patina. I can throw my whole palette at it and much of it sticks. Just another annoying reminder: This is the last week of The Cityscape Show IV over at the George Billis Gallery in Culver City (see info below). If you haven't seen my three pieces in the show, try to get over there and check them out.
  
Posted August 18, 2014


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The Cityscape Show IV
(www.georgebillis.com/exhibitions1.html)
Show Dates: July 12th to August 23rd

Summer Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard / Los Angeles, CA 90034
310.838.3685 / la@georgebillis.com



Agfa Ansco B-2 Shur-Shot Box Camera

6"x4" oil on raymar panel These old box cameras were so elegantly simple. So simple it seems that the manufacturers felt compelled to add the decorative metal face plates. The plates serve no purpose other than to deliver a dose of beauty. How considerate of Mr. Agfa or Mr. Ansco or Mr. Kodak or Mr. Whoever. I snagged this one based not only on its condition, but on the beauty of its art deco face plate. Of course, I splatter and gob and smoosh my colors all over it in my representation. Poor camera. Don't forget that next week is the last week of The Cityscape Show IV over at the George Billis Gallery in Culver City (see info below). If you haven't seen my three pieces in the show, try to get over there and check them out.
  
Posted August 15, 2014





The Cityscape Show IV
(www.georgebillis.com/exhibitions1.html)
Show Dates: July 12th to August 23rd

Summer Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard / Los Angeles, CA 90034
310.838.3685 / la@georgebillis.com



J's Other Ropers (The Larger) - Easel Shot


Above: 16" x 20" oil on canvas
Below: 4" x 6" oil on raymar panel
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I am sorry about the quality of the above photo and I hope you don't mind the occasional easel shot. It's just that I finished this only yesterday and it was a particularly challenging piece. So, yes, I wanted to share my pain. As is often the case with me, the larger painting is a take-off of a smaller one (see below). The Spousal Unit had to suffer twice the theft of her most beloved boots. They are so, so comfortable with their uppers being as soft and silky as basset hound ears. I had a basset hound once, and let me tell you, that's saying something. Messing with any of my wife's boots is a life threatening exercise, so I can honestly say that I risk my life (and cookies) for my art.
 
Posted August 13, 2014



Bob's Big Boy Coin Bank

6"x4" oil on raymar panel Bob's Big Boy was initially a burger joint here in Glendale, California. It expanded to multiple locations with some restaurants having big fiberglass statues of Bob's Big Boy holding up a hamburger on a plate. The teenagers of the area, being a somewhat mischievous lot, tended to "liberate" him from his stand. The checkered guy could show up in some pretty odd spots, but he usually made his appearances on the campus of a rival high school. The Big Boy's flight happened with such frequency that the restaurants had to start bolting the poor kid down. No matter, there was a butcher in town who had a big fiberglass cow on his roof (Yeah, like it would be safe up there?) that served just as well. It was great seeing that poor cow on top of a rival's gym. I mean, it was very, very wrong of those kids to do that—they should have known better. Bad kids, bad kids. Well, I don't have one of those big traveling statues (and I do not admit to any involvement in past "liberating" of said statues), but The Mother Unit had this little coin bank in a drawer and being the graceful and benevolent matriarch that she is, she let me paint it. Thanks Mom!)
 
Posted August 11, 2014


Scott's Lionel Train Engine

4"x6" oil on raymar panel My buddy Scott keeps loaning me things to paint and/or throw at my kids. Here is his Lionel train engine immortalized in oil paint. (Thanks, Scott! Sorry about the dent. Who knew Spawn Number One's head is so dang hard?)
 
Posted August 8, 2014


General Electric Clock Radio Pink

4"x6" oil on raymar panel This wonderful mid-century clock radio has just enough angles to really tick me off. Not only does it lean backwards—the clock face at one angle and the radio face at another—it also has gently canted sides. Of course the sides are at a different slant than those of the inset clock. This pink baby has just enough wonderfully graceful mid-century, Jetsons-like angles to drive an artist absolutely mad. I love it. I liked the insanity so much that I am thinking of painting it again—a bit larger. Oh, I almost forgot to walk Astro on the treadmill. That thing terrifies me—the treadmill, not Astro. Where's Elroy when you need him. Jane! Jane!
 
Posted August 6, 2014


Orange Spiral Candy

4"x6" oil on raymar panel Due to it being a wholly legitimate artistic imperative, I steal candy whenever and where ever possible. At least that's what I am going to tell the law enforcement official who finally catches me and puts an end to my spree. I had a sheriff give me a suspicious look a couple of weeks ago in a beach town diner, so they may be onto me. Onto a different and completely legal topic. The Cityscape Show IV at the George Billis Gallery is about half way through its run. If you have not already, please go and check out the show and my three pieces (shown below) that I have representing me in the show. I need people to walk into the gallery and say, "We're looking for work by that wonderful artist Raymond Logan!" (No need to mention the candy stealing thing—thanks.)
  
Posted August 4, 2014


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The Cityscape Show IV
(www.georgebillis.com/exhibitions1.html)
Show Dates: July 12th to August 23rd
George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard / Los Angeles, CA 90034
310.838.3685 / la@georgebillis.com



Little Pink Atomizer

6"x4" oil on raymar panel Now, I could write about the above painting and how I moved the reds around in the temperature department and how I stole it from The Spousal Unit OR I could talk about an interesting statistic about my hometown. Let's see... Hmm... Yep, you guessed it, I'm going with the warm and fuzzy hometown story. It was not surprising when the city in which I dwell was designated the city with the sixth most dangerous drivers in the United States. What was surprising is how unsurprised the denizens of our fair city were at the ranking and the indignation they expressed at the ranking not being global.  "Pfft! Sixth in the US? Sixth in the entire world, now THAT would be saying something!" was the only sentiment uttered. The residents' atrocious driving habits—already being well known and bizarrely prized—have induced the wise inhabitants of city hall to put to a vote options for changing the greetings expressed on the signs at the town's borders. The winning option will be placed below the standard issue "Welcome to Glendale!" The options are: A) Beinvenido (the current greeting and a redundancy that few of the residents comprehend), or B) "Home to High Class Cars and Low Class People," or C) "So Many Cars, So Few Brains," or D) "Come on! Be a Mensch!" (That last one is my write in idea. I think it's great, but The Spousal Unit says it's doomed to fail due to the scarcity of Yiddish speakers residing in the city). I know, I know... Not all that warm and fuzzy, but it does at least qualify as a story.
  
Posted July 31, 2014



Frog on Block

6"x4" oil on raymar panel This odd fellow is either a frog, a toad, a green monkey, or the %$@&# toy I stepped on in the middle of the night. I threw in the "F" wood block to show the scale of the tiny guy and to show my conviction that he is a malformed frog that I have mercifully spared from the trash can and to indicate his new four letter name. Most of the subject matter you see in these mini paintings are drastically reduced in scale to fit the format. This toady, excuse me, I meant to type "frog that caused my left foot pain" had to be enlarged drastically to fit the format. Just another fun fact from the bent mind of a deranged artist who cusses at toys in the dark.
  
Posted July 28, 2014


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Victor Hugo

8"x 8" oil on canvas panel Do not ask me why I did a painting of a ticked-off looking Victor Hugo. I do not know why. Well, I actually know the "why" behind the "ticked-off" part: In most photographs taken of him, Victor Hugo tended to look like he wanted to kill the photographer, hence the "ticked-off" part. People in photographs from that period did not smile. Not because everybody from that time was nasty—no, it was because of the time it took to expose the film. Too long to sit there comfortably holding a smile and—more importantly to the photographer—sit still. As a result, most peoples' expressions looked generally benign, but our friend above most always looked genuinely ticked-off at the inconvenience. At best, he looked bored and frustrated at the incompetence of the photographer. Being the bizarre artist that I am, I liked the, "Stand still whilst my eyes burn holes in your decrepit soul!" look, Mr. Hugo is expressing above. So, here is Mr. Darth Victor Hugo in oil paint.
  
Posted July 22, 2014


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Enduro Dixon No. 20 Pencil Sharpener

8"x12" oil on canvas panel I had not realized that I had not shown this painting to you. So, here it is. The set up with the pencil sticking out of the sharpener was an experiment that, I think, actually worked. Nothing like a pencil sharpener with a translucent hopper for a fun, insanity inducing painting experience. As far as I know, this model came with green, red, and orange (like this one) hoppers. Still looking for the red and green. At a good price, of course.
  
Posted July 17, 2014


Beacon Two-Twenty Five Camera

4"x6" oil on raymar panel This camera really ticked me off. It was supposed to be kind of a small(ish) camera purchased on eBay. Turns out, that in person, this camera is much bigger than I thought it was going to be. I should not be surprised, being the seasoned eBay addict that I am, I should have known that things are not always what they seem in the digital realm. What looks like two inches can be a foot and what looks like a foot can be two inches. It should be mandatory that in every eBay picture there must be a quarter or a penny next to the item for scale. I don't care what the item is—Selling a Buick, put a quarter next to it! Wandered off there, sorry. Whatever its size, I still think this is a great looking camera and, as you may know, I have always been attracted to cameras that have gray(ish) front panels. Gray is just so much fun to paint, it is hard to resist. So, I bought the dang camera and it's bigger than I thought, well just boohoo me. Yep, already moved on to other nefarious subject matter.
  
Posted July 15, 2014


Bilora Boy Camera

5"x5" oil on door skin panel I have always loved this camera and had been hunting for one for quite some time when one popped up on Etsy. So, BAM, I picked it up and here it is in oil paint. This little bakelite beauty was Germany's post WWII response to the Kodak Brownie. And a beautiful response it was. Just a wonderful example of great industrial design with its elegant, yet simple lines. Can you tell?—I love this camera. Just like the little promo says, "Mensch prima!" I have no idea what that means, but I do know that is either an awfully small boy or an awfully large camera in that ad.



The Cityscape (Group) Show IV at the George Billis Gallery/LA
(www.georgebillis.com/exhibitions1.html)
Opening Reception: July 12th / 5 - 8 PM
Show Dates: July 12th to August 23rd
I will be exhibiting in this group show running from July 12th to August 23rd. Come to the opening reception this Saturday, check it out. I will be there holding up the walls.

George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard / Los Angeles, CA 90034
310.838.3685 / la@georgebillis.com
  
Posted July 9, 2014


Raymond's New Work & George Billis Gallery Show

Great News!

The above three paintings will be making their debut at The Cityscape Show IV at George Billis Gallery this coming Saturday. The pieces measure 24”x16” each. The show last year was terrific and the line up of participating artists (see invite below) promises another great show this year. It is a group show including the work of 21 artists showing their take on the cityscape.

Here are the particulars of the show:

The Cityscape Show IV
(www.georgebillis.com/exhibitions1.html)
Opening Reception: July 12th / 5 - 8 PM
Show Dates: July 12th to August 23rd
George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard / Los Angeles, CA 90034
310.838.3685 / la@georgebillis.com

I will be at the opening and, if you can make it, it would be great to see you. The show starts at 5 PM and I would advise going as close to 5 PM as possible to get the best parking spaces. There are several other openings the same night at galleries surrounding the Billis, so it should be a festive night in the Culver City Art District (www.ccgalleryguide.com).

Hope to see you there!

  
Posted July 7, 2014




 
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